Remembering Charlecote's First World War experience
Throughout the year Charlecote is commemorating the First World War, its impact on the Lucy family and its effect on the wider estate.
Please note that the current Gatehouse exhibition on the Lucy family men will end on Sunday 20 May. Our new Gatehouse exhibition on the role of the Lucy family women will open on Saturday 26 May.
The Lucy family have kindly shared their personal collection of documents and photographs with us to enable us to tell this story.
Collect a leaflet on your way in to follow our commemorative trail.
The Lucy family contribution
Until 20 May, we’re looking at the experiences of the men of the family, particularly Sir Henry Fairfax Lucy and the letters sent home from the Front by his sons Montgomerie and Brian.
Following on from that (from 26 May to 16 September), the focus will be on the Lucy ladies who volunteered in the Red Cross and nursed in Coventry.
Look out for more information about our re-enactment weekend with the VADACT living history group bringing the Red Cross to life at Charlecote from 8-10 June.
From 22 September until the end of the year we’ll look at the local consequences of the First World War and its impact on Charlecote and its wider estate.
Close to home
The carriage room will be the focus of our own War Horse story, and you can find out more about Sir Henry’s distress as his own favourite horse left for France.
Wartime recipes come to the Victorian kitchen and scullery where you'll find out more about rationing for soldiers and civilians.
In the billiard room we’re looking at the contribution of the man who was to become Brian’s father-in-law. He was the renowned author of The Thirty Nine Steps, John Buchan, and his secret propaganda work for the war was “the toughest job I ever took on”.
The aftermath of war
Throughout the year we’ll invite visitors to contribute their own memories of family members who were involved in the 1914-18 conflict. We’d love to hear stories from further afield too, maybe recollections of descendants of the Belgian refugees who came to nearby Stratford-upon-Avon in 1914.
Take a look at our memories book in the scullery.